Pew makes it official: Republicans are smarter than Democrats

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In spite of the readily accepted notion that the intellectual elite take up residence on the left side of the aisle, Republicans are actually smarter than Democrats.

At least, that’s what a study by the Pew Research Center tells us.

That Republicans are more knowledgeable is not all that surprising to anyone paying attention. There is a reason “low-information voters” vote Democrat.

And Pew’s latest survey only reaffirms previous surveys demonstrating the same result, the Center for Individual Freedom reported.

In a 2010 Pew survey, Republicans outperformed their Democrat counterparts on 10 of 12 questions, with that performance improving in the latest survey to include every single one of 19 questions asked.

As noted by Pew:

“Republicans generally outperformed Democrats on the current quiz.  On 13 of the 19 questions, Republicans score significantly higher than Democrats and there are no questions on which Democrats did better than Republicans.  In past knowledge quizzes, partisan differences have been more muted, though Republicans often have scored somewhat higher than Democrats.” 

Pew’s survey of 1,168 adults was conducted during September and October of last year, and respondents were asked multiple-choice questions and queries using maps, photographs and symbols — proof that Democrats were polled.

Among other subjects, participants identified international leaders, Cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, nations on a world map, the current unemployment and poverty rates and war casualty totals.

Perhaps, the real lesson to be learned is that the value of world-class propaganda can successfully create the impression that Democrats have a monopoly on intelligence.


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